Struggling in placement

By October 25, 2021October 27th, 2021No Comments

This is the worst placement I’ve ever been to.
The staff are rude.
The food is nasty.


  • Thanks for using Teen Central to talk about having a tough time at your current placement. You have the right to speak up when you have concerns and are unhappy or not getting what you need, and hopefully someone can assist in resolving these issues.
  • It can be very hard to be away from home, family, friends and your normal routine – PLUS going through treatment to recover from any problem, whether it’s a physical or mental health problem, takes hard work and can leave you feeling stressed out and uncomfortable. Anyone who’s ever gone through physical therapy for an injury or treatment for a mental health problem can probably remember a time during treatment that they felt upset or wanted to give up. DON’T GIVE UP!! The work is hard, but the healing is worth it! If you’re in a 24-hour facility, you have people there every minute of the day that you can talk to about what’s going on… please use that support. Remember, it’s OK to not be OK. But it’s not OK to suffer in silence.
  • On the topic of telling people hard things, have you told anyone in your family, or the staff at the facility, that you’re upset about your care? Just like you did with Teen Central, speaking up is the first step to others being able to help. Here at Teen Central, we can listen, make recommendations and guide you to good resources that can help, but we aren’t there with you. That’s why we think it’s really important to start telling people what you’re thinking and feeling.


  • At every healthcare facility, including mental health, there’s a process for clients to let the staff know they have an issue or concern – sometimes they are called grievances if you write them down, or complaints if you talk with someone. Maybe you could ask a staff person you can trust to help you through this process of either telling someone what you’re not happy about, or writing it on a grievance form.
  • It’s really important to make sure you take care of yourself during this time – remember to stay in touch with family if you can, take advantage of opportunities to do different activities (we know things everywhere have been limited due to the pandemic), and try to take a moment to breathe. Breathing mindfully can be really calming, especially if you practice counting and slowing your breathing. If you have an opportunity to look at the resources on Teen Central, you’ll see in our LEARN and TOOLS sections information about Wellness, Meditation, Yoga and other activities that can help you get through tough times. Keep your head up… What you are doing is tough work, but you aren’t alone.